Statement of Intent
At Fountains Earth and St Cuthbert’s Primary School, we understand that our pupils are growing up in an increasingly technological world. The ability to use and understand all aspects of ICT is an essential life skill. It is our aim to equip our pupils with the skills, knowledge and understanding required to use ICT appropriately and safely both in and beyond our schools.
We take internet safety extremely seriously and have an E- Safety Policy that provides guidance for teachers and children about how to use the internet safely. Every year group participates in lessons on e-safety and children understand how to stay safe when using technology.
The core of our federation’s Computing curriculum is the National Curriculum which is delivered through the PurpleMash scheme from Reception to Year 6. This ensures that Computing is well structured and can be interlinked with all subjects. The scheme of work delivers fun and engaging lessons which help to raise standards and allow all pupils to achieve to their full potential. It also provides flexibility and excellent supporting material for less confident teachers.
In EYFS, Computing is integrated into the EYFS Curriculum. Staff select resources from the Purple Mash EYFS curriculum to support the teaching of the Early Years curriculum and the achievement of the Early Learning Goal for Technology. EYFS pupils are taught in variety of ways through adult-led and supported tasks and child-initiated learning in provision areas.
In Key Stage One and Key Stage Two we follow the PurpleMash two year rolling programme for mixed age group classes. Units are practical, engaging and allow computing lessons to be hands on, enabling pupils to harness their skills, knowledge and understanding across a range of contexts. Units cover a broad range of computing components such as coding, spreadsheets, Internet and email, databases, communication networks, touch-typing, animation and online safety, so pupils have the opportunity to experience a wide range of programs. Lessons follow a clear sequence with sound progression of skills, knowledge and understanding, which are revisited accordingly to ensure consolidation.
Through pupils’ Computing lessons, they will also use the Purple Mash software to ‘make music’ using the 2Sequence program, design and make using the 2Animate software and make links with maths through spreadsheets using 2Calculate.
Summative assessment is collated on the whole school PurpleMash Computing assessment tracker.